As a long time supporter of a separate Mallaig-Lochboisdale run (rather than having Lochboisdale and Castlebay fighting over the same ferry), the proposal has all the necessary merits and few demerits.
I appreciate that there might be a few issues with the vessel itself , although I don't know enough to make anything more than a superficial comment, and that issues relating to the replacement of the vessel in the event of breakdown require to be looked at, but none of these are insurmountable if there is the political will to deliver the service.
The Government has now been very cleverly boxed in, after they claimed that there were no available vessels, and I suspect that they have nowhere to go, other than being unable to find the deficit funding; which will be an unacceptable excuse to islanders.
(I suspect the political nous of Brian Wilson in the ways these proposals are formulated, which will serve to infuraiate certain local politicians.)
With the full support of the (so far silent) MP and MSP, these plans should be able to be pushed through quickly, and I hope that the whole community will get behind the plan and force the Government to deliver this long overdue service.